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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament presents $50,000 to Pathstone Foundation

Pictured left to right: Carrie Zeffiro, Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations Pathstone Foundation, Christopher O’Connor, Golf Committee, Shaun Baylis CEO of Pathstone Mental Health, Debbie Zimmerman Pathstone Foundation Fundraising Campaign Co-Chair, Mayor Walter Sendzik, Barry Katzman, Paul Speck and Leanne Kurek, Golf Committee Not pictured: Gordon Sheehan, Janice Arnoldi, Jason Pollock and Robin McPherson, Golf Committee

Mayor Walter Sendzik and members of the Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament organizing committee presented proceeds from the annual fundraiser to the Pathstone Foundation today at a special cheque presentation.

The funds raised through the 2015 and 2016 tournament will go towards the Mending Children’s Minds Campaign for the family counselling room at the new Branscombe Mental Health Centre. The new facility which is currently under construction at 1338 Fourth Ave. is scheduled to open at the end of April 2017.

“I’m very proud to continue the tradition of St. Catharines mayors to bring together community partners and business leaders to build a stronger, more prosperous St. Catharines,” stated Mayor Sendzik. “Pathstone is a very worthy recipient of the golf tournament proceeds. I have seen firsthand the excellent care and services provided by Pathstone to truly transform children’s’ lives. I’d like to say a very special thank you to our partners, sponsors and supporters of the tournament.”

The Mending Children’s Minds Campaign supports Pathstone Mental Health which is recognized throughout the region as the provider of mental health treatment for children, youth and families. It is estimated that one in five children and youth struggle with mental health challenges. Pathstone delivers counseling and mental health support services for youth and their families in an environment that is sensitive to their needs.

“It was my honour to be a part of this campaign. Our families need and deserve the best care we can provide and this facility will help Pathstone bring much needed help to Niagara’s children,” stated Debbie Zimmerman, fundraising campaign co-chair. “The demand for mental health services for children is constantly increasing and we need to do all we can to help Pathstone meet these increases. Thanks to the generosity of so many of Niagara’s citizens and business we are on our way to meeting those needs”.

The Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament is an annual fundraiser held by the sitting mayor of St. Catharines with the support of an organizing committee to plan and fundraise for the event. Recipients of the tournament proceeds include local charities and non-profit organizations. Previous recipients include the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Foundation, the Niagara Health System It’s Our Time Campaign, the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre, the Niagara Children’s Centre Foundation and more. For more information about the 2017 tournament visit


About Pathstone Mental Health 

The Pathstone Foundation supports the work of Pathstone Mental Health by providing funds for research, innovative programs and expenditures. Pathstone Mental Health treats children, youth and families struggling with mental health problems through their broad spectrum of services.



Mayor Walter Sendzik
905-688-5601 ext. 1540 (office)

Debbie Zimmerman
Pathstone Foundation
Fundraising Campaign Co-Chair

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